Let’s stand together against torture: Join #HumansAgainstTorture

Torture can hit anyone, anywhere – women, men and children. It causes pain that will never go away. Governments have the means to stop torture but fail to use them. The onus therefore is on each and everyone of us to demand that torture stops. [Read more …]

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Mexico:  Death Threats against Centro Prodh

September 30, 2016  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Mexico

Iran:  Heavy sentence against human rights defender Nargess Mohammadi must be overturned

The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders (FIDH-OMCT partnership) strongly condemns the heavy prison sentence upheld in appeal against the arbitrarily imprisoned human rights defender Ms. Nargess Mohammadi, Spokesperson and Vice-President of the Defenders of Human Rights Centre (DHRC) and recipient of the medal of the “City of Paris”, and calls for an end to the ongoing judicial harassment against her.

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September 29, 2016  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Iran

Cambodia:  Environmental activist Ven Vorn's conviction upheld by Court of Appeal

The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about the Court of Appeal’s decision to uphold the conviction of Mr. Ven Vorn, an Areng Valley environmental activist and a community leader for the indigenous Chong minority in Koh Kong Province

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September 29, 2016  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Cambodia

Iran:  Sentencing of journalist Issa Saharkhiz

The Observatory has been informed by the Iranian League for the Defense of Human Rights (LDDHI) about the sentencing of journalist and founding member of the Iranian Association for the Defence of Freedom of Press, Mr. Issa Saharkhiz.

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September 28, 2016  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Iran

Mexico:  REPORT: Arbitrary and illegal detentions - Criminalization: A state policy to hindrance the defense of Human Rights in Mexico

This document aims to make public the systematic repression mechanisms used against human rights defenders and against the social movement in Mexico, in particular the use of arbitrary and illegal detentions to undermine the advocacy work.

The seriousness of the situation is illustrated through five cases of human rights defenders ‒Damián Gallardo Martínez, Enrique Guerrero Aviña, Librado Baños Rodríguez, Pedro Canché Herrera and Nestora Salgado García‒ who have been arbitrarily detained as a consequence of and reprisal against their advocacy work. To date, three of the five defenders remain unfairly deprived of their freedom.

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September 27, 2016  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Reports and Publications  |  Mexico

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Philippines: Anti-torture movement pays tribute to Max de Mesa

Max de Mesa, a leading anti-torture activist in the Philippines and a member of the World Organisation Against Torture’s General Assembly, passed away this week. He will be greatly missed.

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September 30, 2016  |  Statements  |  Philippines

Mexico: Two years on, OMCT demands urgent action to guarantee the right to truth

September 26, 2016  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms, Urgent campaigns  |  Statements  |  Mexico

HRC 33 - Joint NGO Oral Statement on gender parity in international human rights bodies

September 26, 2016  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Statements

Tunisia: Rapport des parties prenantes soumis à l'Examen Périodique Universel de la TUNISIE 3ème cycle MAI 2017

A l’issue du deuxième cycle de l’Examen Périodique Universel, la Tunisie a accepté une série de recommandations formulées par le Conseil des Droits de l’Homme. Ces recommandations se

rapportent essentiellement aux thématiques suivantes :

• Egalité et non-discrimination à l’égard de la femme et des minorités sexuelles.

• Droit à la vie et à la sécurité de la personne humaine : conditions de détention et torture.

• Indépendance de la magistrature, lutte contre l’impunité, justice transitionnelle et réformes

de la sécurité.

• Droits des enfants.

• Droits socio-économiques.

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September 22, 2016  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Reports and Publications  |  Tunisia

Joint letter calling on the European Union to take action in response to the lack of concrete outcomes in locating the 43 students of Ayotzinapa two years after their disappearance.

September 21, 2016  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms, Urgent campaigns  |  Statements  |  European Union (EU), Mexico

Economic, Social and Cultural Causes of the Death Penalty and Torture in Pakistan

September 13, 2016  |   Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Reports and Publications

Internship at the Brussels Office of the OMCT

The intern will under the guidance of experienced staff at the OMCT implement a variety of diverse tasks on projects of both OMCT Europe and the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, providing a unique and challenging opportunity of learning about concrete human rights advocacy at the global and European levels.

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September 6, 2016  |  Statements

Media outreach volunteer

The World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) is seeking a full- or part-time volunteer media outreach specialist for at least four months and up to a year to join its Geneva headquarters team as soon as possible.

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September 2, 2016  |  Statements

Internship Announcement: Child Rights Program

September 1, 2016  |   Rights of the Child  |  Links

OMCT E-bulletin: 58th session of the Committee Against Torture - July/August 2016

The  e-bulletin on the 58th session of the Committee Against Torture, which took place from 25 July to 13 August 2016, is out. During this session, the Committee considered the State reports submitted by Kuwait, Honduras, Burundi, Mongolia. 

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August 18, 2016  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Reports and Publications